EXT. STREET - DAY

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Nov 2, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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EXT. STREET

-

DAY



Director pulls up in his car, opens car door, answer mobile phone


FIACHRA


Yeah
. Speaking. No no no. I want it delivered to my
new

office. Yeah make sure its in the frame.



INT. FIACHRA O


DOWD

S OFFICE
-

DAY


O
ne week to opening.
In Fiachra

s new office. Roller skate and
farm animals on desk.


FIACHRA




Well things are going well, really well, we are on


schedule for the week, the crew are working like a


well oiled machine so this lets me flex my art



muscle.


Pauses


FIACHRA (CONT

D)




Y

know


I really felt that I could bring that



something ext
ra to the timeless tale of Animal



Farm; I imagined that in this project I would have


what it takes; both artistically and
visually

what


this play would require to bring it to the public.


Basically, so that they too could experience how I


visuali
se

this production.


Pauses


FIACHRA (CONT

D)




I mean I

ve been working as a director for some



time now, and My first piece was
critically




acclaimed at the prestigious
Dublin

transgender



shorts fest
ival
.


Picks up toy farm animals


FIACHRA

(CONT

D)



2



Originally the idea was not accepted,
it was you



know
too

out there

. I mean
I like no script
, all



storyboard, I mean lioke I really think this



method
is useful for getting the best from your



actors.


S
hows story board poor STICK
MEN drawings


FIACHRA (CONT

D)




so really it

s a
T
arantino meets
Salvador

Dali

s




Chien andalusienne


meets Spike Jones meets



Starlight Express




T
rails off stares at camera blankly for a second


FIACHRA (CONT

D)


You know loike??




3

INT
. HALLWAY
-

DAY
.


S
ix days to opening.
Bustle of activity in surrounding
environment.


PRODUCER




Well for me this project had a direct appeal.



Orwell,
Eric Arthur Blair

one of the great




contemporary essayists of our time and Animal



farm


Well
what more can I say?


Brief pause


PRODUCER (CONT

D)



I am not familiar with Fiachra

s work but, I hear he
is very, ah,


PRODUCER(CONT

D)



I
nnovative. So it should be interesting..

And I suppose this innovativeness


M
akes rabbit ears with fingers


PRODUCER(CONT

D)




I
s a plus with this project which runs on a small


budget.



B
udget is
always a priority
.
We

re a small




organisation and
I like to run a tight ship.


Director opens a door
behind camera
.


PRODUCER(CONT

D)


Sorry


excuse me for cutt
ing this short,....,.,.,
There

s Fiachra I must talk to him




walking away


PRODUCER(CONT

D)

budget to discuss

.



Producer rushes off in direction behind camera


4

INT. EDWIN LAMBERT

S DRESSING ROOM


F
ive days to opening.
Interview with Lambert in his dressing
room. He is getting make
-
up applied. He is camp and excitable.


EDWIN

Hi I

m Edwin Lambert. The T is silent.
I

m half French
.
I

m playing lead! this is my first lead, and I am
so
oooo

excited.


Hand gestures in air


EDWIN (CONT

D)


And working with Fiachra is going to bring me to th
at

next level.

Its exciting I

m excited.


Looks at himself in hand mirror.

Crosses legs.

Looks in dead earnest at camera.


EDWIN (CONT

D)


Well w
orking without a script is challenging.
An
d s
ome
say that Fiachra

s direction can be a little vague but
I feel that it just encourages the good actor to find
the Great Actor within.


Checks himself once more in
hand mirror.

Fixes hair.

Looks at camera.


EDWIN (CONT

D)




Some of the other actors
are worried about there



being no script but
that

doesn

t

bother me. This



is something that I really excel at.


nodding and looking off into the distance


EDWIN (CONT

D)



yeah, yeah it will be a true test of my talent



It really helps that one of my

passions is mime.


Pauses

Holds fingers like scouts honour.


5



EDWIN (CONT

D)




Member of SMA (Society of Mime Artists) for 4



years now. Mime is

really
a lost art form. It



doesn

t get the re
spect

it deserves. So this is a


real

opportunity to incorporate one of my passions


into this production.




Flashes c
heesy smile
directly into

camera



6

INT. FIACHRA

S OFFICE
-

DAY


Fiachra and producer are in Fiachra

s office.

Both are s
itting
on couc
h. Coffee

table in foreground, new
Mac

pro ibook on
coffee table.
Fiachra is looking slightly agitated. Producer
holding clipboard with bills.


PRODUCER


I

m glad
I

finally caught up with you
Fiachra
.
I

have
a few concerns about the budget to discuss with you.
There seems to be a few
discrepan
cies
...



Fiachra standing up from couch


FIACHRA

(snapping)


What is it now. I
don

t

have time for the small details


P
RODUCER

(
nervously)


Yes

well
... regarding these purchases...
I mean we

re
way over budget. I mean what i
s this for?


po
int
s
to
some ostentatious prop


FIACHRA

(shouting)


W
hat do you mean??
I

can
no
t believe you are
questioning my
artistic
judgment...


Pointing to producer


FIACHRA (CONT

D)


This play is running with military precision. It

s
timely,
quantifiable and orotund. Do yo
u know what
that means?


PRODUCER

(
confused)


Well no


7


Fiachra sits back down beside producer

FIACHRA

(deliberately)


L
et me tell you something about th
is business

A good director needs to handle actors. You don

t make
assumptions about
actors
.

You don

t assume that the talent can hear well.
You
don

t assume that they have living parents

You don

t
assume they know the plot of the play.


Producer
looks from Fiachra confused to bills and back again
to Fiachra.

Fiachra moves closer to the producer and puts

his hand on his
shoulder


FIACHRA (CONT

D)


Now l
et me tell you something else.

In every actor there lives loike, a tiger , a pig, an
ass and a
nightingale
, you never know which one will
show up. You gotta be prepared for
everything
, every
scene, every po
ssibility.


Producer clears throat. Looks at bills.

Uncomfortable silence.

Fiachra releases his grip on producers shoulder.

Fiachra smiles at producer.


FIACHRA (CONT

D)

(
reasoning tone)


So don

t be
hassling

me with the small details. I

m
all about the bi
g picture.

You

re just not getting the big picture.


Looks into distance (left of camera)


FIACHRA (CONT

D)




Yeah the big picture.


Scribbles something into a pad.
(Mobile rings)..


FIACHRA (CONT

D)



8

O


Dowd.
Chrissie

d
ah
ling how are you??
Yeah its all
going super, you know We have a top cast, and we have
a hungry audience that we are loike you know ready to
satisfy.


9

INT. REHERSAL SPACE
-

DAY


C
ast members and the lead actor
are
rehe
a
rsing a dance sequence.
Lots of confusion,
every actor is
goin
g

in different directions.
People
in
half costume.
Every actor is
confused
and does
not
understand what is going on.
Fiachra looking worried and
exasperated.


FIACHRA




Everybody
in a circle, ok stop.


Pointing at each actor


FIACHRA (
CONT

D)





Y
ou

re the horse, you

re the pig, you

re the dog.


Pauses


FIACHRA (CONT

D)

(exasperated and raising voice)




Tone down the human and bring out the inner




animal. We

re exploring allegories here people.
I



want the air, the flow, the ocea
n breeze, down and


in front of the audience, give me the colour of



your character, feel the colour!


E
veryone looking confused standing still


EXTRA




How do you feel the colour?


FIACHRA




Okay, okay, everybody stop! I need a break.


Fiachra is
standing
h
olding his back
and staring at actors.


FIACHRA (CONT

D)




Hey, YOU there, get me a coffee, Black, 2 sugars.


Costume Designer looks up from what she is doing



10




COSTUME DESIGNER

(
surprised)



Me??


FIACHRA

(
shouting)




Loike right now, hel
l
oooo!






11

INT. SEWING STUDIO
-

NIGHT


Int
erview with

the costume designer. Everything is really
interesting to her about the film. She is
sewing

material

and
talking at the same time. Self deprecating. Almost whispers and
mumbles. Bent over. Keeps pushi
ng her glasses back on her nose.


FELICITY




Things are going well. Its a great environment.
I


love all the hustle and bustle.

Things were a



little difficult at first because none of the cast


would speak to me.


Stop sewing for a moment


FELICITY

(CONT

D)




But now..


Starts to slightly smile nervously


FELICITY (CONT

D)




I feel like I

ve really bonded with Fiachra.
I



mean he spoke to me the other day and h
e

s




trusting me
with
extra responsibility. He relies



on me a lot.


Giggles


FELICITY (CONT

D)




I know he likes
his coffee black with two sugars!


Continues sewing


FELICITY (CONT

D)




I collect his dry cleaning Tuesdays



Stops sewing. Gazes whimsically


FELICITY (CONT

D)




We have a special bond.
It

s like a John




Lennon/Yoko Ono relationship. I mean he really


12



appreciates my work.
And
I

m very committed to



getting every little detail right.
Very committed


Continues sewing.




FELICITY (CONT

D)




He

s
just
so unconventional, everything has to be


hand sewn..
.such a genius.
Such a genius





13

INT. DIRECTORS OFFICE
-

DAY


Second interview with the director, talking more about the
progress still upbeat
even though problems have arisen on set.



FIACHRA

(
scratching head)




Oh things are going great, we have a gre
at




relationship, we have a friendship that

s really



great.
Eve
rything is sticking and gelling, its



almost like a family here...ah. and Edwin is doing


a great job.


Flashback to
scene.


INT. REHERSAL AREA
-

DAY


EDWIN

(
giving advice to other act
ors




I share
something
with you all.
It

s
a little



technique that
I

like to call

the Box




Edwin uses the two fingers in the air inverted commas.


EDWIN (CONT

D)




It really centres me and enables me to find my



inner
actor
. You do it like this.


Edwin

stretches hands up in the air and inhales deeply and begins
to perform the mime of being in the box. The other cast members
begin to look at each other in incredulous silence!


Flash to Fiachra


INT. DIRECTORS OFFICE
-

DAY


FIACHRA

(
looking ominous)




I mean we still have four days left. It

s just



teething problems that

s all. Just teething




problems loike. I think we just have some problems


with costume.


14

INT. CORRIDOR
-

DAY

Three days
remaining
.
C
ostume designer
is

running along with
bag in hand
containing

a costume
Lots of people around. She

s
been up

all night.


FELICITY

(
out of breath)




Oh hi again. Well I

ve
finally finished the




costume, been up all night
but

its finished




now
. Not a problem.


INT. REHE
RSAL SPACE
-

DAY


D
irector
is on his mobile talking to the producer about the
budget. Costume designer is informed of his new costume change.
Fight breaks out amongst Edwin in chicken suit and extra in bear
suit.


FIACHRA

(
Shouting)




Stop calling me about the stupid budget, its taken



care of,


F
elicity tugging on his sleeve


FIACHRA (CONT

D)

(
Annoyed)




What what?


Felicity
holds up costume for inspection, very proud


FELICITY



Its finished


Fiachra looks in horror


FIACHRA




W
hat is th
at
? This is not what
I

wanted at all!



God, You people are such amateurs!


Ret
urns to phone
call.

Edwin begins to mime again.



15

FIACHRA (CONT

D)




What do you mean we

re 4000
yoyo

s
over budget?



Talk to the producer. Get him to get us more



money.

Check it again!


Felicity upset, backs away, hand
over mouth, almost crying.

Extra begins to push Edwin.


FIACHRA (CONT

D)

(looking at Felicity)


Oh what now? Dear god,
put

you
r
self together woman!


Felicity moves to left of camera. Turns around to
see beginning
of fight. Felicity begins to pull out her hair.


FELICITY

(
repeating over and over)



Just a costume, just a costume



Felicity begins to rock back and forth and start to shred
costume.

General mayhem
. Fiachra looks form full blown fight to Felicity
back to fight. Looks worried.


FIACHRA

(to himself)




Jesus

get me
out of

here. I

ve Had it


INT. CORRIDOR
-

DAY


Fiachra walks down
corridor with belongings under arm.

Producer in pursuit.



EXT. PARKING LOT
-

DAY


Fiachra
get
s

into his car,
locks
door
s
.

Car drives off.

P
roducer arrives just catching the car to bang on the window.


PRODUCER

(
shouting)




I need to talk to you. O


Dowd! O

Dowd!



16

FADE TO BLACK.




17

Credits


The play was never
shown due to financial issues and an ongoing
lawsuit against several members of the crew.


Fiachra O

Down could not be contacted as he has not been seen
since last day of shooting.


Edwin Lambert has retired from acting to pursue his passion for
mime full
time.


Felicity has left the world of film and theatre, and is now
working in L.A. as a leading designer of feline fashions.

Her sequined tutus are her best sellers.


Roll credits combined with scene of Edwin pursuing mime career.